After delivering the keynote address at Meta Connect 2023, CEO of Meta (previously Facebook) Mark Zuckerberg and podcaster Lex Fridman had a discussion on the possibilities of virtual reality using the most recent Meta technologies. This new contact provides insight into possible meeting futures. High-definition lifelike avatars were employed for the interaction between Zuckerberg and Fridman.
The interview illustrated how cutting-edge technology is influencing how people connect and communicate online since it was conducted totally in the metaverse. Despite their physical distance from one another, Fridman and Zuckerberg appeared to one another as photorealistic avatars in 3D with spatial audio, creating a realistic and immersive experience.
The reality of the metaverse astounded Fridman, who highlighted how it may completely alter how people communicate online. He saw that conversations were more meaningful since the avatars could accurately mimic human movements and subtle facial emotions. “It has a futuristic vibe. This is very, really amazing,” Fridman said.
Making of very realistic avatars
The method used to achieve such photorealism was touched upon in the conversation. In order to do research on codec avatars, Meta had comprehensive scans performed on each subjects. These scans, which captured a range of facial expressions, were then utilised to build computer models of the subjects’ heads and bodies. When compared to conventional video conversations, the avatars are far more bandwidth-efficient since these models were compressed and sent as data. It encompasses everything. It’s the little, subtle faults, not perfection, Zuckerberg insisted, that cause people to get immersed.
Attributing these defects to a more immersive experience than perfection would, Zuckerberg and Fridman emphasised how the metaverse avatars preserved blemishes and minute details.
Zuckerberg also discussed the technology’s potential accessibility in the future. Although the scanning procedure is time-consuming at the moment, Zuckerberg explained Meta’s plan to speed it up. In his future, people will be able to quickly and easily build high-quality avatars using their cellphones, opening up the metaverse to a larger user base.
Zuckerberg emphasises the technology’s potential uses in the future. “Stuff like that is going to be super powerful,” he declared. Therefore, we still need to develop all of those apps and the use cases that will go with them. However, I have a feeling that the coming years will be fairly crazy in this area.
In contrast to what you can do on a phone, Zuckerberg said, “the thing that you can do in the Metaverse is doing stuff where you’re physically there together and participating in things.”
Zuckerberg emphasised that the metaverse gives up new opportunities for shared physical activities, like games and meetings, and is not only restricted to video conversations. The metaverse may unite the actual and virtual worlds as augmented and mixed reality technology develop, enabling photorealistic avatars to interact naturally in a variety of settings.